Toledo Travel Guide

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Toledo Highlights

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     Walkable city with historical significance; all within an hour from Madrid. 

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     Difficult for non walkers to get around. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A must for anyone interested in medieval architecture, history & literature 

Toledo Things to Do

  • Cathedral of Saint Mary

    The central gate is the Puerta del Perdon (Door of Forgiveness) because when it was built in the 15th century, indulgences were sold here and those who came through this gate sins' were supposed to be forgiven. This is the central one of three gates/doors to the Cathedral, the others are called Puerta del Juicio Final (Last Judgement) and Puerta...

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  • Alcazar

    Alcazar is the famous fortress of Toledo which has hosted the King of Spain for a short period during 16th century. After being the imperial residence, it has become a military academy. It also houses one of the largest public library in Spain. If you walk around the fortress you can catch some nice views.

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  • Santa Maria la Blanca Sinagoga

    This synagogue is one of the oldest continually occupied buildings in Europe. It was built beginning in 1203. The building is also referred to as St. Mary of the White. The inside of the building looks more like a mosque than it does a synagogue. Horseshoe arches dominate the building with a fantastic ceiling. The doors on the outside are extremely...

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  • Iglesia De Santo Tome

    One of the main reasons I was looking forward to seeing Toledo was to see the famous El Greco painting, "the Burial of the Count of Orgaz". El Greco is definitely a painter I like very much. You will see a lot of his work in Spain and particularly in Toledo, as he lived and painted here at the end of his life. El Greco arrived in Spain around...

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  • Walking

    I'm not going to write about the main tourist sights/sites (apart from the stunning Cathedral) because there is ample information on Vt about these already. But do walk the old part Toledo, as much as you possibly can. It is a truly ancient settlement and you will, if you keep your eyes open, see much evidence of its antiquity. There is so much...

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  • Plaza de Zocodover

    This is the main plaza of the city. Buses to and from the train station and bus terminal stop here, fast food restaurants are here, and even a children's tourist train stops here. The plaza is built on the site of the ancient Arab market, and is very nice oasis with many trees.

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Toledo Restaurants

  • Excellent Value, Service, Pleasant...

    Recommended by a local friend we spent a wonderful evening enjoying a meal that far exceeded the cost of 25 euros per person. It is obvious that the passion for food is beautifully expressed in both the preparation and presentation of the plates. The staff is attentive without being obtrusive and is very concerned with their guests every need. We...

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  • Tiny, local, good beer and tostas

    Having walked my legs off I knew when I was beaten...so needed a restorative beer and something to eat.I came across this tiny bar just off a street leading from Plaza de Zocodover to the cathedral. I admit the English signs on the window helped to draw me in...I was too tired to contemplate trying to speak Spanish...but the staff didn't speak...

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  • Tasty Manchega Cuisine in the Heart of...

    Due ot its location in the most touristic spot in Toledo, just by la Catedral, this small restaurant might have been a huge tourist trap. Yet, the local Manchega (i.e. from Castilla la Mancha) cuisine here is authentic and exquisite. The restaurant itself is decorated with the typical mix of Spanish and Moorish styles and provides an authentic...

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Toledo Nightlife

  • Nightime in Toledo

    Garcilaso is a big pub in The Old Town near Santo Tomé. It is a big two-storey bar very originally decorated and comfortable. There are cushions you can use, places where you can lie down and the atmosphere is relaxing, with soft music and lights. There is a stage in the bottom floor, normally used as another part of the pub, where sometimes they...

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  • Toledo's night

    Recaredo is a place where all the young people go every Saturday.There you can sing, dance and meet new people of course.You are going to laugh a lot and maybe drink alcohol too.There are some slopes but they are dirty.In front of the square, there is land without trees and a playground. If you want to have more fun, no heeled shoes.

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  • Day Trips Only

    Toledo can be VERY quiet by night, even at the weekend. I'd recommend a one night stay maximum. It's an incredibley beautiful place by day but expect the steets to empty after dark. The locals socialise in their own areas outside the old town. There are a lot of day trippers who vanish back to Madrid when the sun goes down.

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Toledo Transportation

  • High Speed Trains

    Madrid to Toledo by AVE train takes about 30 minutes. Trains are run by RENFE. . Take a few minutes to admire the railway station at Toledo inside and out. There are also public buses from Madrid,and day trip coaches. If you are buying your rail ticket on day of travel at Madrid station, give yourself plenty of time has queues can be long. Luggage...

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  • By Train

    Toledo is a great city very close to Madrid, so that, it is highly recommended a day trip.If you want to go by train, there is a high speed train called AVE or Avant that will take you in just 33 minutes.- In Madrid:Estación Puerta de AtochaGlorieta del Emperador Carlos V, s/n (also known as just Atocha, and s/n means no number).Metro: Atocha-Renfe...

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  • Tarjeta Dorada Tickets from Madrid

    Last minute fare on Renfe Ave to Toledo from Madrid on a Sunday morning for only 14 euros round trip each? This great deal came about by being a little old and having read up on some train discounts prior to arriving in Spain.For those of you 60 years and older, we just barely sneaked by, the Renfe Rail System offers significant discounts which can...

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Toledo Shopping

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  • Shopping for Swords

    We were taken to a sword shop on the way out of town. They demonstrated how the swords are made and the fascinating (and painstakingly detailed) process called damascene, which involves inlaying gold into the non-precious metals. It originated with the Arabs in Damascus, Syria and came to Spain with the Moorish conquest. Quite different from the...

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  • Marzipan

    One thing you can buy to take home is a box of Toledo Marzipan. Of course, if you are used to German marzipan, it will taste quite different. I found it a bit more choclatey. But marzipan is always good! Locally made

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  • Great prices

    Toledo is a great place to pick up souvenirs and inexpensive gifts.Spanish shawls for instance that were Euro 50 - 85 in Madrid, I bought in Toledo for Euro 30 each. All my friends got one :)Steel knives and swords (don't know if you can fly them home or not) are available in all sizes and prices. Much less expensive than anywhere else.Even picture...

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Toledo Local Customs

  • Knives, Swords and Daggers

    Walk around the winding streets of for a short time and one of my first observations was why all of the stores selling knives, swords, toledo swords, pocket knives, daggers, and even axes. Was this the location where the movie Bravehart disposed of its metal goods and local shop holders flocked to buy them? It seems like every fifth or sixth store...

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  • Corpus Christi Festivities

    Corpus Festivities (all through the June month) are the main festivities in Toledo. There are many attractions everyday, it's a nice time to visit the city, though reserve in advance if you wanna sleep here!See the activities (in spanish) at:

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  • Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme

    The streets are covered with material canopies which are lined with Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme. Wrought iron lamps feature at intervals along the canopies. The buildings are adorned with flowers or floral adornments with flags and tapestries.

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Toledo Warnings and Dangers

  • Toledo. Pickpocket dangers

    Living in Spain, we thought we were aware of all the tricks pickpockets get up to, however we were nearly caught out in Toledo. Four of us were passing through the Puerta de Bisagra, there was no one else around. Suddenly three of us felt something wet drop on our backs. It looked like bird poo, green and slimey-must have been a big bird we said! A...

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  • keep your energy!

    Some tourists think that it's not far from the bus station. Especially in summer you are going to be tired walking up there to get into the old part of the city. And don't forget that you have to walk a lot inside, the whole town is walkable with small coble streets that going up and down.So don't think about saving some euros. If you are alone and...

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  • Walking up to old city - take heat...

    I live in a climate that is similar to central Spain and am accustomed to functioning in heat. However, I take the heat of Castilla very seriously.If you arrive in Toledo's train or bus station during hot weather, instead of walking up to the old city, do your body a favor and take the #5 or #6 city bus to Plaza Zodocover. It's only 0,85 Euros, and...

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Toledo Tourist Traps

  • El Greco's Not Home!

    On line and in tour guides you will find reference to the “El Greco house” or the “El Greco Museum” in Toledo, Spain. The problem is that it is not El Greco’s house and he never lived there and the art in the house is all copies.About 200 years after El Greco died a wealthy man wanted to buy the house El Greco had lived in in Toledo to create a...

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  • Learning Spanish in Zocodóver

    In this square you can learn at least two new spanish words I bet you didn't know.The first one is "clavada". That's the way we, the Spaniards, describe the fact of being charged way too far for a simple drink or meal. In Zocodóver you can find very neat examples. Or, how would you call it when they charge you 2,43 euros for a milk coffee, 4,50 for...

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  • Souvenir shops in Toledo

    I guess the most "typical" souvenir you can get in Toledo is a sword - these are all over the place but over the years they seem to have gone from genuine to made-in-China, Walt-Disneyesque swords. In fact, it is now possible to buy a replica of all the swords you might have seen in movies, from Gladiator to Lord of the Rings. Still, if you really...

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Toledo What to Pack

  • Get A Good Map Before You Start

    Good shoes with strong arch supports are a must in this hilly cobblestone filled city. Toledo must have been designed originally to confuse its enemies from successfully invading the City. There are a confusing series of streets with names of streets changing frequently.Definitely it is important to get a good map. The one given out at the...

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  • You'll need good walking shoes!

    Forget about wearing high heels in Toledo - the small cobblestone streets are very charming but slightly uneven, and as the entire portion of the city within the walls is built up on hill, you'll spend the entire day either going down or climbing up some more or less steep hills. And as there is no denying that this city is best seen on foot, if...

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  • keep cool

    just around 60min from Madrid, one does not need much packing...but have good footwear, you are on your feet a lot, suncream and lip protection...this City is a hot place...right from May till oct. the narrow streets just keep the heat 'conserved' and throws it right into to face again, keep your fluids up!!

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Toledo Off The Beaten Path

  • Watching a Rare Nyckelharpa Being Played

    A nycelharpa is a relatively rare Medieval instrument with roots from Sweden. We found this lady outside of the Toledo Cathedral playing the most magnificent version of the theme from the Last of the Mohicans. A small crowd was gathered around her because the musical sounds resonating from the instrument were so unique.The nycelharpa belongs to the...

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  • Wander off the beaten path....

    I know it sounds obvious, but I wonder how many people who visit Toledo actually do this?The town retains its Medieval street layout and is a warren of narrow passageways. Spend some time wandering these. Yes, you may get a bit lost because even the Tourist Office map isn't perfect and not all the tiny streets have clear names...but you will never...

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  • Another bit of Roman evidence...

    If you walk down to the Puerta del Sol you'll pass by the beautiful, and ancient Mosque of Cristo de la Luz (see tip). Exposed at the side of the mosque's entrance (a modern monstrosity, I'm afraid) you'll see a fair expanse of Roman road lying exposed, with the classic Roman stone slabs in place.In the mosque's entrance area is a Roman drain, also...

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  • General Info

    Tourist Offices:* Plaza de Zocodover* Patronato Municipal de Turismo de ToledoPlaza del Ayuntaniento(in front of the Cathedral)45071 ToledoEspaña/Spain- Tel.: (+34) 925 25 40 30- Fax: (+34) 925 25 59 46- Internet: www.toledoweb.org- E mail: infoturismo@ayto-toledo.org* Diputación Provincial de ToledoDepartamento de TurismoPlaza de la Merced, 445002...

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  • Daily Bread

    Bread as an art form. The size of a small wagon wheel, they can't sell very many, but perhaps it's good advertising.

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  • Free Admission For Some

    Admission to museums run by the state is usually free to everyone on Sunday mornings and Saturday afternoons. They are also free to those from the European Union who are retired, aged 65 and older and to children under the age of 18.

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